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Number and proportion of films produced 1980/81–2014/15

released in cinemas in Australia, the UK and the US by January 2017

 

Next update April 2018

The proportion of Australian and co-production features achieving theatrical release in Australia has increased slightly across the decades, with 71 per cent of features made in the 1980s, 74 per cent of 1990s features and 75 per cent of 2000/01–2009/10 features released in Australian cinemas. However, cinema release in the UK and the US has declined across the decades.

It can take several years for a film to be released in the US after its completion, which is why films produced in 2015/16 have not been included in these figures at this stage.

For the number of films released in Australia and overseas since 1985, see Feature film releases.

Proportion of Australian and co-production features released in Australian, US & UK

Proportion of Australian and co-production features released, 1980/81-2013/14. Table below has the data.
  No. features produced1 No. released in cinemas2 Proportion released in cinemas
Australia UK US Australia UK US
Total
1980/81–2014/15
1,034 747 239 266 72% 23% 26%
Annual av.
1980/81–2014/153
30 22 7 8 72% 23% 26%
1980/81 30 27 10 16 90% 33% 53%
1981/82 28 19 9 10 68% 32% 36%
1982/83 21 17 7 9 81% 33% 43%
1983/84 21 15 7 5 71% 33% 24%
1984/85 34 27 8 6 79% 24% 18%
1985/86 42 32 12 19 76% 29% 45%
1986/87 30 18 8 11 60% 27% 37%
1987/88 40 23 6 7 58% 15% 18%
1988/89 21 15 3 5 71% 14% 24%
1989/90 34 21 10 8 62% 29% 24%
Annual av. 1980s 30 21 8 10 70% 27% 33%
Total
1980/81–1989/90
301 214 80 96 71% 27% 32%
1990/91 27 22 8 9 81% 30% 33%
1991/92 29 19 5 4 66% 17% 14%
1992/93 22 13 3 6 59% 14% 27%
1993/94 28 20 8 10 71% 29% 36%
1994/95 15 11 3 4 73% 20% 27%
1995/96 23 20 5 9 87% 22% 39%
1996/97 33 28 5 11 85% 15% 33%
1997/98 35 22 5 5 63% 14% 14%
1998/99 29 21 7 9 72% 24% 31%
1999/00 27 21 5 5 78% 19% 19%
Annual av. 1990s 27 20 5 7 74% 19% 26%
Total
1990/91–1999/00
268 197 54 72 74% 20% 27%
2000/01 25 17 5 7 68% 20% 28%
2001/02 27 26 8 8 96% 30% 30%
2002/03 19 17 3 3 89% 16% 16%
2003/04 22 17 5 7 77% 23% 32%
2004/05 29 18 8 6 62% 28% 21%
2005/06 34 25 6 6 74% 19% 19%
2006/07 30 23 5 6 77% 17% 20%
2007/08 39 31 8 7 79% 21% 18%
2008/09 39 27 5 6 69% 13% 16%
2009/10 42 29 10 9 69% 24% 21%
Annual av. 2000s 31 23 6 7 75% 21% 21%
Total
2000/01–2009/10
306 230 63 65 75% 21% 21%
2010/11 22 13 7 4 59% 32% 18%
2011/12 34 24 11 11 71% 32% 32%
2012/13 33 24 9 7 73% 27% 21%
2013/14 35 21 11 7 60% 31% 20%
2014/15 35 24 4 4 69% 11% 11%

Source: Compiled by Screen Australia.

Notes:
1. No. starting principal photography in each year. Includes Australian productions, official co-productions and other productions with overseas partners where creative control is shared (i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions).
2. Figures may increase as more titles are released.
3. Proportion calculated on unrounded averages.

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